Sunday, January 12

dirty little secrets

Day 3 Hair! (Thanks to Batiste)
I have a secret to confess.......I don't shampoo, every day.
During high school, I wouldn’t (couldn’t!) go a day without washing my hair. Each and every morning, I would routinely wash and condition and blow dry in order to make sure that my locks were primped and polished for the day. I was envious of the girls who boasted about making their curly do’s last for days at a time, but with hair so thin and so light, it was hard to make it through even a late evening without feeling like my tresses needed a pick-me-up.
But then something happened during college. You see, I learned the value of sleep. And the snooze alarm. And taking those valuable minutes of quality blow-drying time, and turning them into quality pillow-time. So, at that, I became a dry-shampoo adventurer. A coniseur, if you will, trying every possible variety that could go on sale, in order to find the perfect sleep-in solution for my tough-to-love hair.
Of all the types I’ve given a try, my top 3 worth-while dry shampoos:

1. Dove, $  2. Batiste, $$  3. Tigi, $$$
1. Dove Hair Therapy, Refresh + Care, Dry Shampoo -- Ringing in as the least expensive of the three, at about $4 a bottle, this shampoo has seen me through a number of sweltering summer days. It left my hair feeling squeaky clean, between washes. But.. with an emphasis on squeaky - and the light-colored powder that it left in my hair tended to build up as the days added up. I wouldn't try to get past a week of washing with this one.
2. Batiste Dry Shampoo (Blush scented) -- After receiving this baby for Christmas, I immediately became addicted! I didn't need to use as much as I would normally use with other brands of dry shampoo, making it's slightly higher $8 price tag totally worth it. Over the holiday break, I was feeling especially experimental (and a tad bit lazy, if I'm being honest) and was able to make it to a whopping 10 days without a wash. And to make it better: my locks felt freshly washed and bouncy, without any gooey buildup. Woohoo!
3. Rockaholic by Tigi, Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo -- The most pricey of the group, weighing in at $19, this spray smelled incredible. I decided to make the splurge after a customer at my weekend job at the pharmacy boasted about how she couldn't live without it. It was definitely good for a volume pick-me-up throughout the day, as it was so much lighter than other sprays. But unfortunately for my pocket book, it wasn't a contender for multi-day wash-skipping.
After all of my testing, by trail and error, my favorite of the many (for skipping multiple washes) is definitely..... Batiste!

What about you? Do you frequent the dry-shampoo scene?
What are your favorite hair care secrets?

Friday, January 3

2014 // recaps and resolutions.

Sweater (J.Crew), Boots (Hunter), Scarf (Kohl's), Jeans (Thrifted)
Happy January!! It seems almost unreal that this past year has come and gone so quickly. I feel like only yesterday I was considering (and abandoning) resolutions for 2013 and choosing bright words to light my way for the year. One year ago, I was starving for the opportunity to start fresh, and move on from the difficulties and hardships of the year before.
This year, though, I feel differently. Maybe it's because 2013 has been so good to me: I ventured out of my comfort zone and ran (okay. let's get real. I jogged) my first 5k. My sister and I unleashed our inner Swifties and sang our hearts out at Taylor Swift's Red Tour, this summer (with her being fifteen and me twenty-two, could it really have been anymore perfect??). I walked the stage to accept my bachelor's degree. And then I took that degree and became a Kindergarten and First grade teacher. I still didn't finish that Instagram challenge... but that's what this year is for, right? ;)
This year, I don't really want to start fresh or begin again. I want to keep going. To see what's next. With this being said, I'm ready for 2014. For it's opportunities.. All 365 of them.
This year, I want to revisit my youth. Whaaaat? You're only 22, you say? Well, yes. I may only be 22 in people-years. But in Alynne-years I feel about 80. It kind of hit me this morning when I woke up (after sleeping over 12 hours...) that I am, without a doubt, an old lady. I go to bed before 8. I don't go out on Friday nights. Or ever, for that matter. Heck. I even enjoy a good Wheel of Fortune episode, every now and again. And for being in my twenties... I dare say this is a problem. BUT: I did feel better on New Year's Eve: It was the first one in any that I can remember that I scrolled through my Twitter timeline to see my friends and followers tweeting their NYE in sweatpants, with their babies, and/or sober. (I think that means I'm not the only one getting old.)
And also this year, I want to make time for me. It's been so easy to get wrapped up in the here and now's of teaching, and it's been a very difficult fact to accept that my work will never be done. I will always need to be lesson planning. I will always need to be IEP writing. And I always will have paper work that needs doing. But that shouldn't take away from the fact that I have a life too. (Well... correction: I don't actually have a life. But I SHOULD have one! Hence, these resolutions).
Over Christmas break, it felt wonderful to sleep in and read books. So wonderful, that when we finally went back to school yesterday, I found myself secretly wishing for (and getting!) a snow day, today. (After all, one more day off can't hurt!). In 2014, I want to be able to blog without feeling guilty. And I want to be able to read a book without worrying about all of the must-do's on my to-do list. Maybe, this year, I'll even find it somewhere in myself to take a day off here and there. Maybe.
Truth be told, I don't want to revamp my lifestyle or make drastic changes to live my life to the fullest. I just want to live.
So here's to 2014. The up's. The down's. And the resolutions.
Happy New Year!
What are your resolutions for the new year?

Thursday, December 12

following a new road.


Has it really been THAT long? I can't believe it's been six months!! It's really only felt like a few weeks, since I've last blogged, to be honest.

Life has been so incredibly busy, I don't even know where to start --- Don't worry, though. I didn't actually get a life or anything. I did, however, pick myself up a (another) job! Except this time, I got a big girl job. I was able to leave a few of my part time jobs behind, which proved to be bitter-sweet. I'm excited to move on to the career that I've worked so hard to get to, but it was hard leaving behind a job that, over the past 5 years, had become such a big part of me. It was like leaving home! But it was time to move on. I feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten a job interview before the end of summer, at the school I fell in love with as a student teacher. And I'm feeling even more blessed now to be teaching little friends in Kindergarten and First Grade, every day.

Everyone told us as college kids that our first year teaching would be incredibly busy. At the time, I didn't think anything could possibly be any more overwhelming than trying to graduate college and student teaching, and working three jobs. Ha. How wrong I was! But even though I still don't have a life (seriously, I come home from work, eat dinner, and do some paperwork before I go to bed...) I've never been a more satisfied-busy, if that makes sense.

Slowly, the craziness is easing into routine, and aside from a few minor mishaps along the way, I'm surviving the first semester, and learning a little as I go. Like learning how to slowly make time for things other than lesson planning and paperwork doing (like reading and blogging!) .

I'm happy to be busy. And I'm really happy to be back to this little corner.

See you soon ;)